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Railcards can’t be used with the new contactless system

GTR responds to travelcard and fares queries

Welham Green station - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

There have been a number of questions asked by rail uses via Twitter following the announcement that contactless readers - not Oyster card readers - are being installed at Brookmans Park and Welham Green.

North Mymms News contacted Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and put the questions to the media team.

Brookmans Park station - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Last month the transport minister Andrew Jones MP confirmed that the contactless bankcard pay-as-you-go system would extend to Brookmans Park, Welham Green, Hatfield, and Welwyn Garden City later this year. But he also confirmed that the extension of Oyster would stop at Potters Bar.

Since that item was published on this site and shared on social media, a number of local rail users have asked via Twitter whether concessionary cards would be able to be used in conjunction with the contactless pay-as-you-go readers.

To which GTR replied.
“Railcards can continue to be used with paper tickets, and with daily Smart tickets (*) purchased from self-service ticket machines, and soon with Govia Thameslink Railway’s keyGo card (**). It will not be possible to use railcards with TfL’s contactless system.”
* Smart tickets are tickets added on to Thameslink’s Key Smartcard.
** More about Govia Thameslink Railway’s keyGo card here.

Others wanted assurance about pricing and fare-capping.

To which GTR has replied.
“Daily and weekly caps will continue to apply to combinations of journeys wholly within the Oyster area (being extended to Potters Bar this summer). Next year, when the necessary technology has been fully developed, caps will also apply to journeys to and from stations as far north as Welwyn Garden City. In the meantime, only the longest multiple journey combinations would exceed the caps. Customers purchasing season tickets currently should continue to do so.”
For more information on fare structures and what are the best fares for a particular trip visit the Great Northern site or contact National Rail.

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